VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - September 30, 2015) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX: LGC) (OTCQX: LGCUF),("Luna" or the "Company") announces the departure of Mr. Luis Baertl from the Board of Directors effective September 30, 2015. Concurrently, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Felipe Alves to the Board of Directors effective September 30, 2015. Luna also announces that it has made its first quarterly interest payment in the form of Luna common shares to Pacific Road Resources Fund II and Pacific Road Resources Fund II L.P. (collectively, "Pacific Road") to satisfy Luna's quarterly interest obligation on its C$20 million, 10% per year interest bearing note ("Note") held by Pacific Road.

Mr. Alves is a mining engineer with a Master's degree in the political economics of resources, bringing extensive financial and technical expertise to Luna. Mr. Alves is a Brazilian native who combines international capital markets experience with an extensive local network of governmental and regulatory agencies, resource financiers, and technical, legal and tax consulting services. He is founder and CEO of Frontera Minerals Group. His previous work experience includes roles as an Investment Manager at a small mining-focused private equity fund based in Brazil and at Rand Merchant Bank, and various technical and operating positions at several open pit and underground mining operations. He was previously a board member of CPX Cement and is currently on the board of the Brazilian Association of Mineral Exploration Companies (ABPM).

Luna also announces the resignation from the Board of Directors of Luis Baertl. Mr. Baertl has been a member of the Board since 2009 and was an instrumental in the growth of Luna from an exploration company to the operator of a producing gold mine. During that period, Mr. Baertl was extremely active in the Company and his guidance through some difficult times is greatly appreciated. Mr. Baertl remains a significant shareholder of the Company.

President and CEO Marc Leduc stated, "We are very happy to have Felipe join the Company as a Board member. I have known Felipe for six years and he is a very well-rounded mining professional with a technical degree, and experience in capital markets and in Brazil. The departure of Mr. Baertl from our Board is sad for all of us as he has been a very important Board member. His passion for the Aurizona project and commitment and dedication to Luna were critical to the company's transition from an exploration company to a gold producer. We would like to thank him sincerely for the guidance he has provided over the years and we wish him all the best as he pursues his many other endeavors."

As provided for in the Note agreement, quarterly interest payments may be made, at Pacific Road's sole discretion, in the form of common shares of the Company. Pacific Road elected to receive its initial interest payment for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 in Luna common shares. On September 30, 2015 Luna issued Pacific Road 8,379,002 common shares at the preceding five day volume weighted average share price of C$0.06 to satisfy the initial quarterly interest payment.

About Luna Gold Corp.
Luna is a gold production and exploration company engaged in the operation, discovery, and development of gold projects in Brazil.

On behalf of the Company

Marc Leduc P.Eng. -- President, Chief Executive Officer and Director


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